Local savings in South Island
The Super Shed is a recycling outfit run by the Christchurch City Council Refuse Department. There is furniture, crockery, bike parts, books, all sorts of bargains to be had. One of the great things is spare microwave plates by the dozen. Much cheaper than buying a new part!
Open 9.00am - 5.00pm, 7 days[less]
Its all the best price
There are two branches of Haircuts for Haircuts, one in South City Mall, the other in Bush Inn Mall in Riccarton. This is a walk-in-off-the-street, no appointment hairdresser, where you wait your turn for a haircut.
The staff are always friendly, the haircuts are excellent quality, there is a loyalty card where every 6th haircut is free, and they have lollipops for the kids, and animal print capes for the littlies to wear.[less]
The prices are amazing as they are - I pay $19 for a short haircut for myself (I used to pay $45 at my old hairdresser). My preschool aged daughter had her hair cut for $7, and my school aged daughter for $12. I was really thrilled to find out that even my daughter's cheaper haircuts still qualified for a stamp on the loyalty card which later got me a $19 haircut free!
Baker Boys Factory Shop sells all the (seconds) 'bakery' items that places like Couplands sell.
Example of pricing:
24 Savouries $4
12 Lamingtons $5
Bags of cookies you'd get at Couplands for at least $5 are only $2 here
Seconds slices (e.g. Belgian, lemon, ginger crunch, choc fudge and so on) $1 per tray
Family sized pies $3 (Couplands charges $6-7)[less]
Any time of the day, they do mark things down further so when you do go in and see this buy in bulk. They also give you free gifts (e.g. I got a free pack of Easter buns) when you spend a certain amount.
This is a family-owned store with some outside staff and everyone is just so very helpful and friendly - they always greet you with a smile when you arrive and offer to carry your bag to the car when you leave. They'll order any thing they dont have for you without a fuss. They are ready to find a box and their own brown paper for your parcels and always have cellotape handy to seal your mail before you mail it there.
If you are unwell, or the weather is bad, one of the staff will bring your groceries to your home! The staff will spend time with tourists telling them where to go and what to see, and even help travellers find accommodation etc. Once the Store Manager took time from his work to come to my house and lift out a TV I'd had on the back seat of my car for a week, because I could not lift it out on my own. He then installed the TV, and said "Anytime you need a hand, give a shout."Another time the same Manager came and lifted an enormous pot of soup into the car for me to take to a Seniors meeting. How's that for the greatest service!?[less]
You don't have to "charm" the staff, you always get the best deal whatever the day.
Prices are reasonable for a country store far from the city and warehouses, so of course, you expect to pay a little more, but you can walk to the store, (and get fit) and save petrol by not having to drive to the next biggest town about 30kms away. I don't think you save much by shopping in the bigger town - and you save the hassle of driving, and it's relaxing to go into the local and meet all your mates there!
My family and I absolutely LOVE shopping at The Reading Bug! The owners designed the store to be just what their daughters would love. It's bright, colourful, and has special little nooks and reading corners for kids to tuck themselves up into.
The staff are so friendly and helpful, and actually make a point of getting to know you personally, so each time we go in we have meaningful conversations!
When I spoke to the owner about why they price their books so cheap in comparison to other book stores, they said they did that as they knew they wouldn't be able to compete with the sales the chain stores had, so they just mark them much lower all the time! Excellent!
As well as this, they have a reward card, which you get stamped each time you make a book purchase, and after 10 stamps they give you a book up of your choice up to the value of $20! That is way better than most reward cards that just give you a discount on your next purchase!
And finally, something to make the trip breezy for us busy parents... they have a child-friendly toilet! With fun posters on the wall, and even a stepstool for the kids to reach the taps, this place is well thought out and very family friendly! We love it here![less]
I always try to use my reward card, as that adds up quickly! Especially as their is no minimum price on the book purchase (even if the full ticket cost is $5 it still counts!). Brilliant!
This second hand clothing shop actually GIVES AWAY all their clothes once a year to make way for new stock. They also donate some of their profits to Hospice and the Heart Foundations. Well worth supporting![less]
This is a new shop that has opened at the north end of Princes Street in Dunedin. They sell clothing shoes, handbags, bed linen, curtains and such. I love it because it is well spaced out and the lighting is great so you can have a really good look. They have a huge area where everything is only $2.00 per item. My friends and I have had a wonderful time finding bargains in this area!
The ladies who work there are really friendly and helpful. I feel this is a definite Hidden Gem and I'm sure the students will be piling in once they know about it![less]
This pita bread bakery sells bags of seconds for $5.00. I bought several bags and have made mini pizzas for the freezer and will use the rest for lunch wraps, garlic naan, or burritos. This shop is a real Gem![less]
If you like a bargain, then you will like this store. The seconds they sell maybe misshapen but there is nothing wrong with the quality of the pitas.
My favourite Hidden Gem is... my bank! I recently discovered that ASB - and probably other banks too - have coffee machines onsite, free for the use of customers. The machine makes pretty good, it even seems to use beans rather than instant mixes. So if I happen to be at a mall (rare as that is) and fancy a coffee, I head to the bank! While I'm there I can also check on my bank balance to remind myself of the day's budget and state of the savings, while waiting for my lovely free mochaccino to bubble into a takeaway cup![less]
All I have to do is walk in! I usually try to demonstrate that I am an actual customer though, rather than waltzing straight to the coffee machine!
This is a proper greengrocer, with a nice wide range set out around the store, minimal prepackaged bags, but not part of a supermarket or wider chain like Raewards. There's also plenty of parking, and they sell a few other goods like local Manuka honey and some very tasty DF/GF cookies.[less]
Keep an eye on Facebook and also the roadside boards for info about specials, but try not to drop in too often - there lies the perilous road of impulse shopping. :)